Feb. 2, 2013
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: KTGR 100.5 / 103.1 FM
TV: Comcast Sports Southeast
MU: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90) 40-44 at MU (third season)
UT: Holly Warlick (Tennessee `81) 17-4 at UT (first season)
MIZZOU HOSTS BLACKOUT CONTEST SUNDAY
Mizzou Women's Basketball will host its annual Blackout game on Sunday, Feb. 3 when the Tennessee Lady Vols come to Mizzou Arena. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m., and the game will air on Comcase Sports Southeast. Sunday's contest will be the fifth meeting between the Tigers and the Lady Volunteers, and Missouri has an 0-4 record against Tennessee. The two teams last met in Knoxville earlier this season as the Tigers fell to the Lady Vols 84-39 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols last came to Columbia in 1978 for the Mid-America Classic, earning the 71-64 win over Mizzou.
LOOKING AT THE LADY VOLUNTEERS
Tennessee is coming to Missouri off of an 88-45 victory over MIssissippi State on Thursday, keeping the team undefeated in league play. The Lady Volunteers are riding a 12-game conference win streak that dates back to last season. Tennessee depends on standout Meighan Simmons this season as she is averaging 17.4 points per game, good for No. 2 in the SEC. Freshman Bashaara Graves is also a main component for the Lady Vols, grabbing an average of 9.0 rebounds per game.
Next week will be light for Mizzou as the team will take a break on Thursday before hosting Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Tigers then head out on the road for a week, first to Vanderbilt for a Valentine's Day contest at 7 p.m., then to Arkansas on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Missouri has had a better three-point shooting percentage than all but one of its conference opponents (Tennessee) going into their respective contests.
Mizzou's win over Florida marks the 14th win of the season, a a feat that has not been accomplished by a Tiger team since the 2006-07 season when the team went 17-14 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
Mizzou has made at least 13 3-pointers in six games this season, an SEC high this season as Mizzou owns the top six team 3-point shooting performances in the SEC this season. Morgan Eye owns two of the top individual three-point shooting performances in the league so far this season as well.
The Missouri Tigers are 12-2 inside Mizzou Arena this season. In fact Mizzou went on an 11-game home winning streak to open the season. The 11-0 start at home was the best since 2005-06 when the Tigers also 11 in a row at home to open the season. Their only home losses this season are to No. 6 Kentucky and to Arkansas, in a close contest.
Mizzou Notables at Home This Season
-Mizzou's average margin of victory at home is 16.4 ppg
-The Tigers are shooting a blistering 44.8-percent in home games this season and averaging 76.6 total ppg
-Mizzou has scored at least 80 points in seven of 13 home games this season and at least 90 in three of those
-The Tigers own a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio at home this season
-Mizzou is averaging 10.3 3-pointers per game at home this season.
Missouri has made 198 three-pointers as a team so far this season. Should the Tigers average two treys per game through the rest of the season, they will match the school record for three-pointers made in a season (214). The SEC record for 3-pointers in a season is 248, meaning the Tigers would need to average 6.25 3-pointers per game to break that mark, which was set in 1994 by South Carolina.
The Tigers continue to play great team basketball under third-year head coach Robin Pingeton and the numbers prove it. Over the first 21 games of the season, Mizzou has assisted on 356 of their 542 field goals (64-percent). The Tigers assisted on 14 of 22 field goals against Florida on Thursday.
Mizzou is third in the SEC, averaging 16.2 assists per game, trailing only Texas A&M (17.8) and Auburn (16.4). Mizzou is also fifth in the league in assist-to-turnover margin at 1.0, just 0.1 shy of first place (three teams, 1.1).
Mizzou has recorded more assists than 16 opponents in games this season.
Mizzou's bench has been a huge key to the success of the program this season. In fact, the Tiger bench is outscoring the opponents' bench by an average of seven points per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the floor to its opponents' 36.6 percent. A big reason for the Tiger production off the bench has been its ability to knock down the trey as Mizzou's bench has hit 130 3-pointers to its opponents' 49.
Morgan Eye has knocked down 84 of Missouri's 130 treys off the bench.
Mizzou dropped to second in the league in defensive rebounding (29.5 per game) after leading the SEC in that category for much of the season. The Tigers trail only nationally-ranked Tennessee (29.6) in that category and has the second-best defensive rebounding percentage (.709). Mizzou hit a school-record 18 three-pointers against Auburn. The 18 three-pointers made by the Tigers in the contest are the most ever by an SEC school, shattering the previous best mark of 17 by Ole Miss.
Senior center Liz Smith has been a big part of the Tiger offense this season, and a big part of that is due to her increased efficiency. In fact, coming into the year Smith was just a 31.4-percent shooter and averaged a miniscule 1.5 ppg. This season, Smith has flipped the script and is shooting 53.5-percent from the floor while averaging 6.4 ppg. Her rebounding numbers are way up as well as she is grabbing 5.5 boards per game, up from just 1.7 a season ago.
The Tigers' defense held the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 35.6 shooting percentage - the lowest mark for a Missouri conference opponent this season.
Mizzou held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only six assists (20.3 per game), the lowest for an opponent this season.
Shooting .846 (11-13) from the field, Sydney Crafton recorded the SEC's second-best single-game goal percentage against SEMO.
Missouri has shot over 40 percent from the field in 15 of 22 games this season and grabbed over 30 rebounds in every contest. Mizzou's best outing came against SIU as the Tigers shot 57.7 percent including a whopping 50-percent from the perimeter.
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